The year 2016 was a year of populist revolts. In June the UK decided to leave the European Union and a few months later in November Donald Trump was elected US President against all the odds. Since then there has been widespread confusion amongst political observers. How could this happen?
In this spotlight video, Social Europe Editor-in-Chief Henning Meyer discusses the roots of populism with Peter Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies in the Department of Government and at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies of Harvard University.
Why have so many people fallen for populists and what can mainstream parties do to counter the threat populist parties pose to the democratic substance of Western societies? This conversation provides answers.
You can also listen to or download the podcast version of the conversation
Thumbnail picture: Gage Skidmore (CC license)
Music: Brooklyn Bridge by Mattijs Muller
Donald Trump election victory clip from CNN News
Brexit vote clip from BBC News